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Since the days of donning her older cousin Darren’s star-spangled boxers, Martine Rose has been mad about menswear. In 2007, after showing a collection of men’s shirts at London’s Black Private Members Club, the British-born beauty caught the eye of Fashion East’s Lulu Kennedy, who supported her on her first Menswear Day installation. Receiving further sponsorship from the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN initiative, Martine began to gain prominence at the London Collections: Men show. She has since worked with Timberland, furniture label Ligne Roset, and footwear brand CAT, while for autumn/winter 13, she collaborated with Browns on a range of unisex apparel, so there’s something for the ladies too. Male models in frilly cropped shirts, billowing pants and flowing blonde wigs, Martine’s Rick James inspired looks are nothing short of cool. Aside from menswear, Martine enjoys a dark corner of a club, a banging sound system, and the artist formerly known as Prince.

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